So the BNP have abandoned their whites only policy and voted to change their constitution to permit black or Asian members. I wonder if this will be enough to satisfy the racial equality bigots - somehow I don't think so.
Nor do I expect there to be a massive rush of Asian and black people applying to join - although I know personally of at least one Asian gentleman who will be sending off his membership application very shortly!
What I do think, though, is that forcing the BNP to admit non-whites to their ranks is the biggest mistake the established parties could ever make. With one stroke they have removed the main barrier that has prevented many white people from supporting the BNP - supporting, not joining. At the same time they've removed the main criticism that the mainstream parties habitually relied on to attack the BNP - that they are a "racist party".
With the demise of that barrier I suspect a lot more people will vote BNP at the next election than otherwise may have done. I don't expect the BNP to win any seats in parliament, but I do believe that this will provide the base from which they will push on to eventually achieve that goal in one or two elections time.
As such, this is a spectacular own goal from the mainstream political parties.